Queensland Rail will temporarily reduce some regional services due to an increasing number of employees in COVID-enforced quarantine.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said like the rest of Queensland, Queensland Rail is experiencing a rising number of employees who need to isolate for their health, and for the safety of others.
“To manage this and ensure stability and clarity for customers, from Monday, 17 January, Queensland Rail will temporarily suspend operation of the Inlander service between Townsville and Mount Isa, and the Westlander service between Brisbane and Charleville,” he said.
“From the week commencing 24 January, the Spirit of the Outback service between Brisbane and Longreach will also temporarily reduce to one service per week.
“Queensland Rail is contacting all customers that were booked on the impacted services to offer a refund, rebooking or alternate transport arrangements.”
Bailey confirmed there would be no impacts to the regional freight network and at this stage no changes on the Brisbane to Cairns corridor.
“Queensland Rail will continue to review the impacts of COVID-19 on the workforce and its operations and keep customers informed of any developments,” he said.
“Queensland has also adjusted isolation rules for essential workers which includes transport staff, easing pressure on the Queensland Rail workforce.”